Steven Peter Devereux Smith

Steven Peter Devereux Smith
aus Australia
All Rounder
Nick name
Steven Smith
Current Team
Indian Premier League 2016
June 2, 1989

Steven Smith started his Test career as a legspinner who batted at No.8; by the time he was named Australia's captain five years later, he was the No.1 Test batsman in the world and no more than an occasional bowler. Smith's talent was apparent early, but as a young batsman he had more moving parts than an orchestra, only they didn't always work in harmony. He went away and worked on his game and returned to the Test side two years later with a much tighter technique. He still fidgeted between balls but could play every shot in the book, and a few more that defied words besides. Smith is quick-footed and adept at facing spin, but is equally comfortable driving and pulling the fast bowlers. His first Test century came at The Oval in the 2013 Ashes and his composure was apparent in the way he brought up the milestone with a six safely lofted down the ground. Over the next year he continued to improve and 2014-15 became the Summer of Steve, as he scored centuries in all four first innings of the home Tests against India.

It was also in the 2014-15 home summer that he became Australia’s 45th Test captain, filling in for the injured Michael Clarke in three Tests. Despite being only 25 at the time his maturity in the role was evident, and the extra responsibility clearly didn’t hamper his run-making. It became clear that Smith was to be Clarke’s successor, a move that was confirmed after Clarke’s retirement at the end of the 2015 Ashes in England. It was also clear that Smith had become the most important batsman in Australia’s team; his 215 in the win at Lord’s came after a promotion up the order to No.3. As Smith’s batting developed his bowling became less frequently sighted, although he could still land the odd fizzing legbreak and winkle out a wicket or two. In the field Smith’s athleticism and instinct stands out, even in a high quality fielding side like Australia. He has also become a key man in Australia’s ODI side, and was his country’s leading run scorer in their triumphant 2015 World Cup campaign.

Indian Premier League 2016


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